STOP "Cop Hunting" NOW! From Politico Magazine, by Michael Bell
The shooting deaths of two police officers in New York City by an African-American man apparently bent on revenge is a tragedy of the system. As we can see both from the protests against police nationwide in the aftermath of Ferguson, Missouri, and in the vicious phenomenon of “cop hunting’’—revenge-style shootings like the one in Brooklyn last week, and perhaps in Tarpon Springs, Florida, on Sunday—the system is broken, and the reason is a breakdown in trust. This issue is not going away anytime soon. The problems of police accountability—of keeping our streets safe, but in a responsible way so that the public regains its faith in “the thin blue line”—are fundamental and will take years to fix. They are comparable, in fact, to the kind of safety problems that the aviation industry once suffered. And as in aviation, they are problems that can be fixed. I should know. I spent 22 years flying jets for the United States Air Force. And sadly, I also lost a son to a police shooting 10 years ago. So I’ve studied both problems for some time.
Let me explain how they compare. Three-quarters of a century ago, when the aviation industry was in its infancy, it was a chaotic mess. When a loss of life occurred, there was no organized system of investigation, and very little accountability. Authorities tried to decipher the state of affairs leading up to a crash but many times found it impossible to pinpoint the cause without knowing all the circumstances that were in play. This need to know led to the development of such investigative tools as the flight data recorder (known popularly as the “black box”), voice recorders and other such technology. Their eventual implementation began during the mid-1950s. Interestingly, there wasn’t the knowledge of a pilot’s physiology as there is today. When a modern crash occurs, surviving pilots are required to submit to a blood test and the bodies of deceased pilots are autopsied. During the early 1960s, pilots weren’t too keen about giving a blood sample, just as many police today aren’t happy about the idea of body cameras. Pilots believed they were entitled to protection against self-incrimination and to their privacy. They saw no harm in drinking a bit of alcohol or taking pain-relief medication before flying. Yet these pilots, tired of watching their colleagues die and wanting to help the industry become safer, allowed for some privacy intrusions in the interest of prevention. They accepted early on that the industry was not trying to punish them; it was only trying to fix or prevent.
When police shoot and kill civilians, investigators regularly take physical data from the deceased, but rarely from the officer. Police officers are human and are subject to the same chemical effects on performance and judgment as anyone else.
Today, a similar awakening must occur within our police departments. To regain public trust, police must allow a minor intrusion of their privacy and demonstrate to the public that the officer was in a clear frame of mind when a life was taken. Alcohol, mood-altering drugs or steroids must not be permitted to affect an officer’s judgment or performance.
We pilots know full well that we share much in common with our law-enforcement brethren. High speed and unpredictable and deadly consequences exist in our lives each day. We both try to protect people from harm, yet the numbers of yearly aviation deaths and plane crashes have been dropping for decades, while police-related deaths, when examined through independent tracking sources, appear to be increasing at an alarming rate.
When it comes to accidental homicides by police, the current system of investigation parallels that of the aviation industry decades ago. The deaths of Tamir Rice, Amadou Diallo, Douglas Zirby andmy son Michael Bell(to name just a few) are what are known as “mistake-of-fact” deaths, which today comprise roughly 25 percent of police-related deaths. This is unacceptable. If that percentage of mishap were applied to air travel, nobody would ever leave terra firma. The Obama administration’s $75 million investment in 50,000 police body cameras is a very good start. The early version of the body camera—the dashboard camera—has proved useful in documenting police interactions and factors at the time of an incident, but police officers weren’t initially too keen on that idea either. Yet many came to accept “dash cams” as beneficial to police, and generations of new recruits have just accepted them as a standard feature of the job. Like a jetliner’s flight data recorder, “body cams” will improve the recording of data relating to a police-involved death but, by themselves, will not drive the systemic change in culture our country seeks. A systemic change to save lives will occur only when all collected data and their subsequent review mirror the methods developed in the aviation industry.
An example of these methods is the National Transportation Safety Board’s “go team." This team of multidisciplinary experts, placed on 24-hour standby, reacts quickly and meticulously on all crash site debris. Their structured process—simply stated, an extensive checklist—leaves no stone unturned. Every item, even if the team feels that it may not be a contributing factor, is still looked at in full detail to eliminate it as a cause.
Success leaves clues, and it’s time to understand why one profession is succeeding in preventing work-related deaths and the other isn’t.In my professional judgment, there are six essential elements of a competent airline crash-investigation system: (1) recording and capturing data in a timely manner; (2) having investigations conducted externally to the pilots and airlines involved; (3) having an independent review of the investigation findings; (4) holding pilots and airlines accountable for errors made; (5) maintaining a national database of crash data; and (6) transparently reporting investigation findings, conclusions and consequences.
The United States Air Force learned early on that pilots who shared combat moments together should not investigate a friend or co-worker’s mishap. They would be tempted to ask, “How could you find me at fault? We defeated the enemy together, our wives are best friends, and little Bobby and Kevin’s birthdays are on the same day.” These internal organizational reviews introduced the natural bias of friendship and camaraderie and produced flawed conclusions. Thus, mishap and safety investigation teams were formed, allowing for external professional investigation of a crash.
Currently, most police departments conduct internal organizational reviews under the control of the department’s chief. In the case of my own son’s death at the hands of a policeman in Kenosha, Wisconsin, who shot him in the head, several of the officer’s co-workers determined in just 48 hours that the officer’s actions were justified. Moreover, they absolved the department of any responsibility by concluding that training issues did not contribute to the death. In essence they said, “We investigated ourselves and found we did nothing wrong.”
Six years ago, US Airways Flight 1549 made its now-famous “splash landing” in the Hudson River. The incident made heroes of the cockpit crew, Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger III and First Officer Jeffrey Skiles. They brought the Airbus A319 to a safe landing after the jet lost both engines due to bird strikes just after takeoff. Yet “Sully” and Skiles weren’t absolved of responsibility until they were cleared by the National Transportation Safety Board. Even though no one died in the nearly miraculous landing, a federal safety panel issued more than two dozen safety recommendations related to the airliner landing on the Hudson. I cannot find one objection to the NTSB’s ruling of the incident. Why? Because recommendations handed down by the NTSB are trusted due to safeguards against bias that are built into the system.
External investigation results must be reviewed by an independent board to determine cause and attribute responsibility. Today, only the five presidentially appointed board members of the NTSB determine probable cause developed through the investigative efforts.
For the past decade, since my son’s death, I and many others worked for the passage of a new law in Wisconsin that requires departments to bring in outside investigators to investigate a police-related death. Even though nationwide we have seen some cities and counties order external investigations of police-related deaths, Wisconsin Act 348 was our nation’s first statewide mandate of them. I hope there will be more.
Another thing that became clear to me after my son’s death was that the district attorney’s role is to provide cover for the police, and the police's role is to ensure that the district attorney remains in office. Any misstep in that relationship affects the DA’s electability. It’s not that DAs don’t have ethics, but DAs and police share “combat moments” together. As demonstrated by the protests that are occurring nationwide in the wake of the police killings of Michael Brown in Missouri and Eric Garner in New York, the perception of flawed and biased reviews have come back to haunt the system.
There is merit in having members of any profession review one another’s work. Their work entails difficult discretionary decision-making, and only those similarly schooled and practiced in that decision-making can properly judge its exercise by others.
Police “professionals” need to review “law enforcement” from a distance. Reviewers must be skilled in and knowledgeable about policing, but they must not have an institutional or personal stake (i.e., a lost promotion opportunity) in the process. Recently retired police chiefs or sheriffs, criminal justice or law professors, police trainers, former prosecutors or judges provide the right balance between professional familiarity and independence to review incidents of police-related deaths of a civilian.
Just as we won’t allow an airline company to pick and choose who will be on the NTSB, we shouldn’t allow a police department to pick who sits on its review panel. A high-ranking elected official, who does not directly oversee the agency being reviewed, must appoint the members of this independent review panel.
In a promising draft of Wisconsin’s law, the chief judge of each Wisconsin judicial district was designated to appoint the review panel. A trusted review body in an officer-involved shooting is just what the police profession needs and, hopefully, Wisconsin legislators will revisit independent review and mandate this feature soon.
Another dimension of accountability is personal responsibility. One aviation mishap can improve aviation safety forever, because the aviation industry reviews each incident and takes steps to prevent similar future incidents. Imagine the uproar if passengers were killed by poorly trained, drunk or irresponsible pilots who simply got a new job after they’d botched the previous one. The aviation industry holds responsible those people who have demonstrated irresponsible behavior. Military pilots go before a Flight Evaluation Board, and the Federal Aviation Administration can and, most importantly, will suspend a pilot’s license, require additional training or fine the airline company. One at-fault accident and your chances of being hired by another national carrier are close to zero.
Yet, as in the case of Tamir Rice, the 12-year-old boy who was shot dead in Cleveland, the officer involved had a documented history of “dismal” performance. Typically, dismal performers tend to move from one police department to another after a firing.
Which leads us to another needed change: a national database of police-related shootings and deaths. In aviation investigations, once the cause is determined, that information is distributed throughout the profession to reduce the chance of it happening again. Since 1962, the NTSB aviation accident database has stored data on all civil aviation accidents and selected incidents within its jurisdiction.
Generally, a preliminary report is available online within a few days of an accident. Factual information is added when available, and when the investigation is completed, the preliminary report is replaced with a final description of the accident and its cause. As an instructor pilot, I spent many hours studying aircraft mishaps to teach new pilots what killed others and how to avoid their mistakes. Yet there is no national database on police-related deaths. We know that in 2013, our nation lost 23 percent of its honeybee population, and we have an accurate estimate of how many rats are in New York City, but we don’t have a public accounting of how many times a police officer killed a civilian, whether justified or not. In other words, this lack of data is intentional, and it’s almost as if mistrust was built into the system right from the start. States can legislate solutions, but only after we are aware of the trends.
In aviation, there is also an established system for whistle-blowers. Got a problem and don’t want to ruin your career by reporting on your company or flight squadron? The Aviation Safety Reporting System is a nonpunitive program for anonymously reporting unsafe activities. The ASRS program is operated by NASA, which collects and analyzes reports, then forwards findings to the FAA. This ensures no pilot or mechanic is identified by the FAA and subjected to retribution by employers or colleagues.
Police need to develop an equivalent system, thus allowing any officer to report on safety and ethics concerns without fear of retribution. One needs only to look at the turmoil that NYPD Detective Frank Serpico experienced when he tried to report graft to his superiors—even today, 40-odd years later, he is resented by New York City police—to understand how important this feature would be to the police profession.
Today, most people take the safety and reliability of flying for granted. That didn’t happen by accident, if you’ll pardon the phrase. It took decades of hard work and trial and error. It appears that substantial portions of the U.S. public cannot say the same about the police. Slowly, but with an increasing sense of urgency, police departments are coming to see that they must have more transparency and accountability if they are to earn back the public’s trust. The history of aviation points to a way forward.
This is the time between
entrance of the pathogen into the body and the appearance of first symptoms.
This is the time
when nonspecific symptoms start appearing such as fatigue, low grade fever,
malaise, and before the symptoms become more specific, such as high fever,
vomiting, blisters, rashes, open sores, ect.
This is a very infectious/contagious
time in many disease cycles. During this stage,
pathogens grow and multiply rapidly and the victim may be highly capable of
spreading the disease to others.
Symptoms specific to the
type of infection are manifested in and on the diseased victim.
ie. The common cold symptoms
of runny nose, sinus congestion, low grade fever.
During this time is when the symptoms disappear.
Recovery time varies with disease, the response to
treatment and/or the general health of the victim. Recovery times may be a few
days to several months, with some diseases never to fully recover.
You may find more information in
“Potters” Fundamentals of Nursing.
Here is what you probably didn’t know;
Many viruses like chicken pox and measles are highly
contagious during the prodromal stage, which
means the victims are not showing specific signs of a disease, but the disease
is highly contagious. Many in the medical field also believe this to be true
for the Ebola virus.
So you may ask why I am writing about this.
The answer is simple. Knowledge is power.
You need to know the basics to protect yourself.
Many of our government offices are run by incompetent,
Many other government offices are run by liars, and a
few are run by evil / diabolical tyrants.
The U.S. government under the direction of the CDC has
a patent on the virus Ebola.
IS Murder in Milwaukee condoned by the D.A.’s office? It appears so!
The way we see it,
1 shot may be self defense, 14 shots is execution !
Chisholm’s silence on Dontre Hamilton being shot is failed
leadership, abuse of discretionary powers and incompetence!
The diseased Johnny “Holmes”
Chisholm by his inability to
make a timely decision has condoned another death in Milwaukee.
Chisholm’s performance as a
D.A. is like watching the movie Caine Mutiny.
Chisholm is paralyzed in
office, unwilling and unable to make rational, sound, and timely decisions. In the movie Caine Mutiny, Phillip Queed (Humphrey Bogart) clicks and rolls a pair of steel balls in his hand while under stress, unable to make a rational decision.
Chisholm doesn't play with steel balls that we are aware of, but he apparently has mental issues like the character Phillip Queed, we just don't know whose balls Johnny is playing with.
Another movie parallel involves the missing strawberries where Queed goes to absurd lengths to hunt down the culprit. Does this sound familiar to the John Doe probes that Chisholm's office has spent thousands of man hours pursuing, rather than pursuing career criminals? Chisholm cannot prioritized his office duties to properly serve the public. Nor can Chisholm even make timely decisions to save his buddy Edward Flynn.
Below is a link to Wikipedia
about the Caine Mutiny.
How many more deaths will be covered up by the Milwaukee
County District Attorney’s office?
How many more lies will be told in court by his staff?
A Milwaukee police officer shot
an unarmed man (Dontre Hamilton) 14 times. 14 rounds shot into an unarmed man whose crime was sleeping in a park before being disturbed by an armed assailant ?
It doesn't take a
rocket scientist to figure out what is really going on in the mind of the
To make matters worse, the Milwaukee Chief of Police ( Edward
Flynn) defends the shooting of the unarmed man. The only time when the D.A.'s office will probe deeper is when the public starts protesting and marching in the streets. Is that what citizens must now do to achieve justice in Milwaukee? D.A. Chisholm, you are pathetic! You and your cronies have abused your power by misdirected discretionary prosecution.
Chisholm has been a plague in Milwaukee since he became D.A.
Like ebola, the time to remove the “Chisholm Disease” is NOW
before it spreads further !
The entertainment business
knew him as the Great Kazoo. I knew him
Fred was an old time
friend I had on my bucket list to visit a few times before he or I died.
During the 70’s and 80’s
he traveled on his boat, the Baby Grand from Chicago to Washington Island. We would share a drink or two in Jackson
Harbor. Fish for salmon, tell sailor jokes and reminisce stories of our Great
Lake experiences. Fred grew up in Chicago, was a talented jazz pianist, playing at the Gate of Horn, jazz festivals and played with the likes of Duke Ellington.
Fred was one of the early
stars at Second City theater in Chicago and retired in 1989.
Fred left Chicago and moved to California, living on board his motor yacht named Cadenza. Fred lived on his boat with his wife Helen." I have birds, sea creatures and good air", Fred told a crowd at the California's Fanatic Salon. During a 22 mile trip near Catalina Island Fred said " We saw several pods of dolphins, a humpback whale and a calf, two great white sharks, a huge ocean sunfish and a fin whale".
My sorrow of Fred dying is
tempered with the
thought of him living a
life most of us can only
hope to aspire.
Fred’s life brought joy
into the world, which is something only a few gifted achieve. For Fred's 50 year tribute to Second City Theater, click below:
Clean the scum in Milwaukee, remove the criminals from government.
Ask Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett when armed with a cell
phone and a 911 call how well that call protected him.
Ask how much Mayor Tom Barrett’s arrogance cost theMilwaukee taxpayers
in medical bills
If you believe citizens don’t need firearms because
the police will protect you from a crime, that belief is ignorant, false and
The city of Milwaukee is documented in sworn court
testimony providing firearms to known felons. The Milwaukee County District Attorney’s
Office under the direction of John Chisholmcondones the criminal acts of the Milwaukee
The Milwaukee Police Department cannot and do not
protect you from most crime.
In fact, it is documented in sworn court testimony that
the Milwaukee Police Department creates scenes to encourage people to commit crimes so they can arrest the entrapped citizen. The Milwaukee Police Department commits a crime to get citizens to commit a crime. The Milwaukee Police Department is not conducive to democracy.
Doesn't this scenario sound like the Nazi's of the thirties? All true folks!
Folks, I am not making this shit up, this is directly
from Milwaukee court records.
The Milwaukee Police Department owe no legal duty to
protect you from attack.
When it comes to deterring crime and defending
yourself against criminals, individuals can and should be responsible for
themselves and their family.
Sheriff David Clarke asked Milwaukee citizens to get
in the game for a reason. Sheriff Clarke
realizes that by the time 911 responders arrive it may be minutes or hours, you
may already be wounded or dead by the time 911 help arrives.
The featured paramedic below understands the
importance of being prepared to confront criminals.
Entrusting your life to Milwaukee police emergency 911 response
means relying on a telephoneas your defensive tool, the defense tool can be video. What is on the phone video in the Jeremy Rossetto vs. Anmarie Miller, James Bell and Clarence Alls incident? Jeremy Rosetto didn't wait for 911 response. Is he alive today because he armed himself ? Anmarie Miller and James Bell are shot dead. Both Jeremy Rossetto and Clarence Alls are walking the streets, chances are one of them are a threat to society. The sad truth is the Milwaukee County D.A's office are too busy this week to determine which one should be in jail. John Chisholm is too busy making deals with the criminals like Michael Bond and Universal Allah, and too busy prosecuting citizens entrapped by the corrupt Milwaukee Police Department.
Multiple convicted drug dealer and Ex-confidential informant to numerous area police departments, narc, and perjurer. Michael Bond is still slithering the Milwaukee streets and praising the Lord at Holy Redeemer Church.
“You get what
Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett got an old fashioned ass whopping when he brought a cell
phone to a crow bar fight. Mayor Tom Barrett was unprepared on Mayor beating day and is unprepared to lead the city today.
often Milwaukee citizens:
Dial 911…… and Die !
We found this data @ Jews for guns
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